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Lapa Investments meet Chukkies Chips in Peroni Mugs Mug final

SPORTS By Oscar Pilipili | July 29th 2012
Johnson Assenga (L) and Henry Limb Chukkas  during the Mugs Mug Nairobi Polo Tournament at the Nairobi Polo Club, Saturday. [Photo:Martin Mukangu/Standard]

By Oscar Pilipili

Geoff Morley converted a 30-yard penalty with just four seconds to the final bell to hand Chukkies Chips a crucial 5.5-5 victory over Cruise Control in a lively semi-final match of Peroni Mugs Mug tournament.

Lapa Investments annihilated Nameless 6-3 in yet another scintillating semi-final duel to book a main cup final date with Chips at the Nairobi Polo Club yesterday.

Craig Millar, playing off handicap three, showed why he is the high rated player in the tournament after he scored three goals to send Lapa to the final.

Jos Craig put through two goals, while Sasha Craig converted one for the Lapa during the match.

Nameless replied through Handicap one Kimoi Moi, Martin Kasier (one) and Maanam Madhvani (0.5) who scored one goal each.

Madhvanani replaced Kigen Moi who was reportedly unwell. According to polo rules, if a player is unable to play, he is replaced by any other of equal handicap.

Lapa were up 2-1 in the first chukka and maintained the lead throughout the match.

The winners extended their lead to 4-2 at the end of the second chukka with goals from Jos and hard-hitting Millar’s 30-yard conversion.

30-yard penalty

A chip from Jos and Millar’s tap handed Lapa 6-2 advantage at the end of the third chukka.

Nameless pulled one back in the final chukka, a 30-yard penalty by Madhvani but Lapa played well to claim the match 6-3 at the end of the final bell. The match between Chips and Cruise Control was a thriller with each team fighting for final berth.

Cruise Control paraded Philip Arungah (2.0), Gideon Moi (0.5), Vishal Somaia (1.0) and Milo McConnel (-1.0), while Chips had John Mugambi (1.5), Tiva Gross (1.), Morley (0) and Toby Fenwick -1.5).

In plate category Custard Chukkas beat Kirata Investments 6-5 in a plate semi-final match to qualify for the final.

Samurai won two matches beating both Honey and the Nuts and Feral Farmers to join Chukkas in the plate final which will be played today.

According to Mike du Toit, the second semi-final match semi-final encounter was played on round robin since it featured three teams.

“When we’ve an odd number of teams in the semi-finals some of them are forced to play on round robin format,” said du Toit.

In the bowl category, Jack and Jill beat MGBC 6-4.5 in a semi-final encounter to advance.

The Mugs Mug tournament is the only one of its kind in East Africa. It enables junior and upcoming players to have a chance to play with more experienced, senior players in the same team.

It is the most fiercely fought low goal tournament of the season where friendly rivalries and family competitions are strongly contested on the pitch.

This year event has attracted 14 teams with over 200 horses with their riders and supporters converging at the historic Jamhuri Polo grounds for a sporting spectacle unlike any other in Nairobi.

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